The Serbian government will buy at least 18 more electric trains for regional traffic from Stadler Polska, says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The contract was awarded to Stadler Polska on 27 December as the best bidder in a tender launched in February 2020. The value of the contract is approximately EUR 112.32 million and is financed by a loan from the EBRD.
The press release states that, according to the business plan for 2019, the Serbian government planned to purchase at least 18 new electric motor units (EMUs) for regional traffic.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) then approved a loan to Serbia of 100 million euros for the purchase of 18 new, four-car trains. The EBRD said at the time that it expected that this improvement of Serbia’s rail services would encourage passengers to start using rail transport more, which could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term.
The trains are intended for the transport of passengers with accompanying luggage in regional traffic. The trains will be such that the driver can drive them reliably and safely, with the highest possible degree of automation.
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